|Les Baobab Amoureux- MADAGASCAR|
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Baobabs - MADAGASCAR
The last card Christine sent me have this two cute embracing baobabs! The Baobab is one of the most recognizable symbols of Madagascar (tied with the Lemur, of course) and really amazing trees with almost no leaves and short branches, almost looking like someone stick them on the ground upside down, with the roots to the air (I've seen some in Mozambique and they're quite impressive). This two in particular, not too far from the famous Avenue of the Baobabs in Menabe, are very popular among tourists. Thank you so much Christine for this epic swap. This postcard took 15 days to arrive!
Baobab is the common name of a genus of trees (Adansonia). There are eight species. Six species live in Madagascar, one in mainland Africa, and one in Australia. The baobab is the national tree of Madagascar. Other common names include 'boab', 'boaboa', 'bottle tree', 'the tree of life', 'upside-down tree', and 'monkey bread tree'. The trees reach heights of 5 to 30 meters and trunk diameters of 7 to 11 meters. Its trunk can hold up to 120,000 litres of water.